Wednesday, May 7, 2014
LR Restaurant Review: Izzy's
Izzy's is a local Little Rock restaurant that I've written about several times. It's an office favorite, so early on in my first days of blogging, lunches from Izzy's were frequent. After I stopped eating out with my coworkers as much, I stopped getting to go to lunch there. That's a shame, because this restaurant has delicious, fresh, and healthy meals galore.
On Friday, we had friends in town, and the suggestion of Izzy's was made. Happily, I agreed. Before we went to eat, we hit up a live DJ'd happy hour yoga class at Barefoot West. The class was so much fun, and after, we headed down the street to get some healthy grub.
I ordered a chamomile tea to start, since I didn't want alcohol or caffeine. It was so fresh and vibrant. I'm definitely going to need to pick some of this up to take home. You can buy any of the teas on Izzy's menu at their front counter or online.
My limited food intake and multiple workouts left me incredibly hungry and unable to decide between the strawberry salad, which would have local strawberries, or the vegan tamales. So, I had both.
All of my dining companions ordered the vegan tamales as well. The tamales are vegan, but they usually come with cheese dip. You can easily ask for salsa or guac to go with them; both are very good. I ordered a seasonal spinach strawberry salad, subbing avocado for goat cheese, with the house vinaigrette.
My tamale came out hot and delicious, with home made fresh salsa for dipping. The spinach salad was killer. The fresh strawberries are incredibly juicy and delicious.
Izzy's has an entirely separate vegan menu that they'll gladly bring you if you ask. It has all the items from their regular menu, but it's easier to tell what to order.
I recommend hitting this restaurant before the strawberries go out of season. I brought Josh home a strawberry shortcake, and he said it was fantastic.